Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Watcher

Moai is the name given to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island in the Pacific. Typically each statue is about 13 feet high and weighs about 14 tons each.

It is estimated these statues were carved about a thousand years ago. How they were carved and moved to their present locations on the island is unknown although the best guess is that they were 'walked' across the terrain. Similar to how we would move a piece of heavy furniture in our house.

I wonder what the first Europeans thought of them when they first arrived on the island? Did they evoke unease, superstition? 

They were a big part of author Erich von Daniken's 'Chariots of the Gods' theory that suggested they were inspired and/or engineered by alien visitors to earth. The primitive cultures that came into contact with these aliens revered them as gods and expressed that awe through carvings and statues.

THIS sentinel watches visitors from the fountain pool of Victoria's Butterfly Gardens and was featured not long ago in this blog here.

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